Ricky Gervais, creator and star of the BBC breakout comedy hit, The Office, is set to bring his signature brand of British humor to Springfield. According to Daily Variety, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has tapped the Golden Globe winner to write an episode of Fox’s long-running animated series.
Gervais is keeping a tight lid on the storyline of his Simpsons installment, for which he will also lend his voice. All that is known is that he will not be reprising his Office role for the toon.
Groening and mutual fan Gervais let news of their teaming slip at the British Comedy Awards, where Groening accepted The Simpsons’ award for international comedy and Gervais picked up a special achievement award for writing.
The Office was named best comedy series at last year’s Golden Globes and earned Gervais a win for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. Despite the disastrous Americanization of the hit Brit series Coupling, NBC is moving forward with plans to debut the U.S. version of The Office as a mid-season replacement this year.